Family and Juvenile Law Section

Welcome to the Member Community for the Family and Juvenile Law Section. We are delighted to offer this interactive forum for legal professionals interested in regulatory, legislative and judicial matters related to Family and Juvenile Law. Our goal for this Community is to provide a resource to help members communicate with each other and share resources.

If you have questions about the Family and Juvenile Law Section or ideas for how we can improve this community and its resources, we want to hear from you. This is, after all, your section and our success depends on your active participation. Please send your questions and ideas to chairperson Ellen Ramsey-Kacena or any member of our section council.

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Upcoming Events

  • Family and Juvenile Law Section Meeting

    Oct 20, 03:00:00 PM - 05:00:00 PM (CT)

    Contact Information

    Des Moines, IA, United States

  • Family Law Seminar (In-person or Live Webinar)

    Oct 21 - 22, (CT)


    8:00 - 9:00 – What We Wish the District Court Knew That the Juvenile Court Already Knows
     - Speakers: Lori Klockau, Bray & Klockau PLC and Sara Linder, Bray & Klockau PLC
    9:00 - 10:00 – Arbitration in Family Law Cases: A Look at Legislation - Speaker: Christine Crilley, Crilley Law Office
    10:00 - 10:15 – Break (Brief IowaDocs/Child Support Calculator presentation)
    10:15 - 11:15 – Law Firm Cybersecurity and Ethical Responsibility (1 ethics hour) - Speaker: Aaron Warner, ProCircular
    11:15 - 12:00 – Changes to the Child Support Guidelines - Speaker: Hon. Chad Kepros, District Court Judge, 6th District
    12:00 - 1:00 – Lunch (provided with in-person registration)
    1:00 - 2:00 – Impact of Childhood Adversity - Speaker: Lisa Cushatt, Iowa ACEs 360
    2:00 - 2:15 – Break
    2:15 - 3:45 – Trauma Informed Lawyer - Speaker: Helgi Maki, Resilience Coaching & Consulting
    3:45 - 4:30 – Immigration and Family Law Issues - Speaker: Sonia Parras Konrad, Law Offices of Sonia Parras PLLC
    4:30 - 5:00 – Decision-Making When Joint Legal Custodians Disagree - Speaker: Robert Evans, Miller, Zimmerman & Evans, PLC
    5:00 - 6:00 - Chair's Reception (sponsored by HDH Advisors)

    Juvenile Law Breakout Session
    8:00 - 9:00 – Beyond the Code: When Case Law and Local Practice Result in Different Outcomes
     - Speaker: Nicole Garbes Nolan, Youth Law Center
    9:00 - 10:00 – Prioritization of Services v. Front Loading Services: Theory v. Practice - Speakers: Andrea McGinn, The Law Shop by Skogerson McGinn LLC; Judy Norris, Zero to Three, Regional Field Specialist for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program; and Kimberly Eden, Eden Law Firm
    10:00 - 11:00 – CINA and TPR Mediation - Speaker: Cory McClure, Babich Goldman PC

    The juvenile law session accounts for 3 juvenile law hours. Please indicate if attending this breakout session when registering. 

    8:00 - 9:30 – Family Law Update
     - Speaker: Jim Meade, Meade Law Office
    9:30 - 10:30 – Ethics of Unbundled Legal Services and the Unexpected Correlation with Attorney Well-being (1 wellness hour) - Speakers: Andrea McGinn, The Law Shop by Skogerson McGinn LLC and Amy Skogerson, The Law Shop by Skogerson McGinn LLC
    10:30 - 10:45 – Break
    10:45 - 12:00 – Considerations for Dividing Retirement Assets in a Divorce
     - Speaker: Jake Kollar
    12:00 - 1:00 – Lunch (provided with in-person registration)
    1:00 - 2:00 – How Recent Tax Changes are Complicating Divorce Attorneys’ Lives - Speakers: Al Ryerson, CPA, Gilbert & Cook and Bailey Finney, Eide Bailly LLP
    2:00 - 2:45 – Private Terminations - Speaker: Barbara Davis, Barbara Durden Davis, P.C.
    2:45 - 3:00 – Break
    3:00 - 4:00 – How to Process a Family Law Case in Your Office: Considerations Regarding Firm Size and Judicial District 
    - Speakers: David Cox, Bray & Klockau PLC; Anjela Shutts, Whitfield & Eddy PLC; and David Jungman, David L. Jungmann PC
    4:00 - 5:00 – COVID Practices We Should Continue to Use - Moderator: Diane Dornburg, Iowa Center For Children's Justice

    CLE CREDIT (pending)
    15 state hours which includes 1 ethics, 3 juvenile and 1 wellness hour

    ISBA Family and Juvenile Law Section Members
     - $225
    Please use promo code familylaw when registering to receive the $225 rate. This code is for ISBA Family and Juvenile Law Section members only. This code is not applicable to YLD Members (Years 1-5) or judges who are members of the section. 

    ISBA Members 
    - $250
    YLD Members (Years 1-3) - $175
    YLD Members (Years 4-5) - $200
    Non-ISBA Members - $350
    Judges - Free
    Law Students - Free

    Please select attendance preference (in-person or live webinar) when registering for this event. In-person attendance will take place at the ISBA Building (625 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309).

    Sponsored by the ISBA Family and Juvenile Law Section. The ISBA would like to thank the following companies for their sponsorship of the 2021 Family Law Seminar.

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  • ABA releases ethics opinion on passive investment in alternative business structures

    On Sept. 8, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released a formal opinion that marks its first guidance for the legal profession on how existing ABA model rules might affect whether and how lawyers can invest in alternative business structures (ABS) when those lawyers practice in non-ABS jurisdictions. Read the opinion here.


    The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility periodically issues ethics opinions to guide lawyers, courts and the public in interpreting and applying ABA model ethics rules. Other recent ABA ethics opinions are available on the ISBA website here.

  • Busy ISBA CLE schedule in September

    During the last half of September, The Iowa State Bar Association is offering various high-profile CLE programs which organizers believe appeal to both the newest member of the profession and the most-seasoned attorney. Highlighted CLE programs taking place this month include:
    • Sept. 21 – Ag Law Seminar
    • Sept. 22 – Federal Practice Primer
    • Sept. 23 – Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Seminar
    • Sept. 24 – Corporate Counsel and Trade Regulation Seminar

    These events offer both an in-person and online attendance option and have been approved for CLE credit. To view all upcoming ISBA CLE programming, including additional September seminars and the free Fastcase webinars, visit the ISBA CLE Calendar.